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Maxwell, Harrell help Astros take rare victory

By George Henry

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Aug. 4 2012 8:01 p.m. MDT

Atlanta Braves shortstop Paul Janish (4) prepares to tag out Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) on a steal-attempt in the third inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.

John Bazemore, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Justin Maxwell had a career-high four hits, including two homers, rookie Lucas Harrell won his first career start at Turner Field, and the Houston Astros snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

The Astros won for just the fourth time in 33 games, improving to 11-45 on the road — the worst mark in the majors.

Paul Maholm (9-7) lost his Atlanta debut, three hits, six hits, and two walks. He struck out eight in seven innings.

The Braves had won two straight and nine of 10.

Harrell (9-7) allowed two runs and four hits with five walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Since losing at Texas on May 16, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.26 ERA.

Wilton Lopez got two outs to earn his second career save, and first since 2010. He had converted one of his previous 11 save opportunities.

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